Albrecht Haushofer's Last Sonnet - Ray McGovern
Haushofer was a German professor at the University of Berlin between 1940 and 1944. He was also Hess' advisor on foreign affairs in 1931 and acted as an advocate of German foreign policy across Europe throughout the 1930s. Seeing the disasterous direction Hitler and the Nazi party were taking Germany, he joined the failed 1944 bomb plot to kill Hitler. Guilty of treason and unwilling to sign a confession, Haushofer was shot by the SS in 1945 as Russian troops entered Berlin. But according to former CIA analyst, Ray McGovern, after he was shot, the SS found a confession note in his pocket, written as a sonnet. But it was not what they expected. Here is an English translation of the original German:
I am guilty,
But not in the way you think.
I should have earlier recognized my duty;
I should have more sharply called evil evil;
I reined in my judgment too long.
I did warn,
But not enough, and clear;
And today I know what I was guilty of.
"And today I know what had been my obligation."]
This note is reminder to all of us that we need to start calling evil evil, rather than foolishly and dangerously thinking it safer to stay silent and do nothing. What happened in Nazi Germany is happening in America, Europe and other Western nations right now — today! We seem to have forgotten the lessons of history, preferring to give ever greater powers to our leaders in exchange for 'security', just as the Germans did in the 1930s. As Edmund Burke famously said: Evil prevails when good men do nothing.